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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


Wheeler: Take time to read, learn about pesticides

Just the other day, I received an email from a co-worker about a gentleman who used the wrong chemical on his lawn and wiped it out entirely. It was a costly mistake, and one that I am sure he will not do again. If he had taken time to learn about the herbicide, he would not have to replace his lawn now.

July 20, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Food prices forecast to rise worldwide

It seems to never end: Prices on things we need continue to increase. The same is projected to be true for food prices over the next decade, according to the United Nations. Increased demand for meat and other foods from developing countries, with slowed production, will be one of the driving forces behind the increases.

July 18, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Controlling yellow jackets

Yellow jackets.

July 13, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Fielding residents’ questions from the extension office

Every week at the extension office we are presented with diverse questions. Being able to help people solve problems is one of the best parts of the job.

July 06, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Growing sweet corn in the garden is easy

There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back; barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one tell-tale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.

June 29, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Stopping squash vine borer

A summer vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing in the mix of tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

June 22, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Early watermelon crop hits markets

Mother Nature is always in control. Sometimes that is a bad thing, and other times it can be a great thing.

June 20, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Educate yourself before raising backyard poultry

The economic uncertainty of today has spurned an increased interest in home gardening and canning or freezing food. There also has been interest from people in producing their own eggs and poultry.

June 15, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Keep lace bug from attacking

We have been getting a few calls about azalea lace bugs feeding on azaleas and rhododendrons.

June 08, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Poultry farmers get help lowering power bills

The practices that can help us save energy in our homes - like sealing leaks, insulating and updating cooling systems and replacing light bulbs - are also being used to make Georgia's prolific poultry industry more efficient, one chicken house at a time.

June 06, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Controlling snakes around your house

Few animals can evoke such an emotional response as a snake found in the woods or around the house. People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time.

May 31, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Answering reader questions about the veggie garden

Question: What can I do to prevent insect pests in my vegetable garden?

May 25, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: US-India trade deal would boost poultry exports

There seems to always be something brewing with international trade. The United States and India have had a long-standing disagreement about India's policies on U.S. exports, especially agricultural products.

May 23, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: There’s nothing like a homegrown tomato

Home-grown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners during the summer.

May 18, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: How to control moss and algae in your turf

Occasionally turfgrasses begin to thin out and moss and algae begin to form. These primitive plants develop because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

May 11, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Michael Wheeler


Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Learning soil’s pH levels can lead to better gardens

If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.

January 16, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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